With less than two weeks to go until the big kick off, World Cup fever is starting to hit Dubai. We’re spoilt for choice with venues and fan zones popping up around the city, all screening the biggest sporting event of the year.
Partnering with Sport360, to show all the action from the tournament, is Wavebreaker Beach Bar and Grill who will be introducing a special Wavebreaker Beach Stadium this summer. Thankfully, with the World Cup taking place in Russia, the kick off times won’t have us during the early hours of the morning waiting for kick off. Plus, with no less than three games a day during the group stages it’s the perfect excuse to make a day of it.
Opening on the 14th June, in time for the Russia v Saudi Arabia opener, the purpose-built tent will be awash with football fans ahead of the first whistle.
We all know there’s nothing worse than turning up to a busy venue only to be stood so far form the screen you can’t see what’s going on. Well that won’t be an issue here as the three large screens and 12 TVs will ensure no matter how packed the place gets you’ll be able to see all the action. Plus, the venue is air-conditioned and strictly non-smoking so you won’t need to duck out for air halfway through.
If, like us, you’ll be watching every minute of every game, you’ll need a good meal to keep you going, and this place has you sorted. A World Cup offer of a beverage and a burger for AED150 also includes pool and beach access so there’s plenty of time to eat, drink and relax while you’re waiting for the next game to kick off. What’s more, if your sun lounger proves too comfortable to leave, the games are also being shown on smaller screens outside the tent as well.
Not a football fan? There’s good news for you too. Even when the tournament is over the Wavebreaker Beach Stadium will remain open for the rest of the summer giving those looking to escape the heat the perfect venue to socialise. And for those who are football fans… just days to go.
What: Wavebreaker Beach Stadium
Where: Wavebreaker, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR The Walk
When: Open 14th June
Contact: www.hilton.com or call 04 399 1111
The ICC Academy is the place to be for kids this summer with lots of activities, coaching sessions and summer camps available for children of all ages.
Youngsters can enjoy a variety of multi-sports camps, led by My Sports Academy, cricket summer camps with ICC Academy coaches and development sessions for those aiming to enhance their skills and knowledge.
BABYSHOP SUMMER CAMP
The Babyshop cricket camp returns on July 29, giving children between 7 and 10, to develop their confidence and learn the basics of the game.
During the session, kids will learn batting and fielding skills as well as playing fun cricket theme games every day. On top of that, there are also daily prizes to win as part of their fun competitions and giveaways.
Week 1: 29 July – 2 August
Week 2: 5 August – 9 August
Week 3: 19 August – 23 August
Time: 09:00 to 12:00
Prices: Dh650 per week or Dh130 per day plus VAT
ICC ACADEMY’S DEVELOPMENT COURSE
Young cricketers, who have playing experience under their belt, can sign up for the ICC Academy’s development course.
Overseen by specialist Level 3 coaches at ICC Academy, the course will focus on improving batting and bowling techniques while also fine-tuning their fielding skills. Sessions will be held inside the fully air-conditioned indoor centre.
Week 1: 29 July – 31 July
Week 2: 7 August – 9 August
Time: 14:00 to 16:00
Prices: Dh350 for two sessions plus VAT
MY SPORTS ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP
During the multi-activity camp, children will be able to enjoy a variety of activities including the sports zone, the splash zone, the creative zone, the imagination zone and game zone. It will include football, dodgeball, basketball; crafts; imagination and games. There will also be Babyshop entertainers on hand putting on kids activities and entertainment including puppet shows and magic.
Those wanting to spend the full day at the ICC Academy can also enjoy a special cricket coaching session which will commence after the multi-sport camp.
Week 1: 8 July – 12 July
Week 2: 15 July – 19 July
Week 3: 22 July – 26 July
Week 4: 12 August – 16 August
Week 5: 26 August – 30 August
Time: Multi Activity Camp: 09:00 – 14:00
Cricket add on: 14:00 – 16:00
Prices: Dh650 per week or Dh150 per day plus VAT
Cricket add on: Dh200 per week or Dh75 per day plus VAT
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.iccacademy.net or www.mysportsacademydubai.com.
Footballers can lace up their boots after Iftar and take to the field in Sportsmania’s last competition of the season.
Their Ramadan tournament returns on Friday June 8 in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai and with registration closing next Thursday, there’s still time to join.
Now in its fourth edition, the Ramadan tournament has continued to go from strength to strength and Fouad Ghandour, general manager of Sportsmania, insists this year’s will be no different.
“We have been organizing this Ramadan tournament every year since we opened,” he said. “And every year it’s been a big success with a lot of teams coming to play.
“Last year, we had around 35 teams which was an impressive turn-out and although there’s still a week to go until registration closes, we expect a similar amount or even more.”
Each team can bring as many players as they wish although there must be five players on the field at any one time. With it following a group stage and then knockout, each side is guaranteed a minimum of four games.
Entry costs Dh390 per squad. As well as getting your hands on the winning trophy, there’s plenty to play for with individual and team prizes of up to Dh5,000.
With a few days to go until deadline, Ghandour has urged anyone wishing to enter a team to register today, promising there will be plenty of positives by signing up.
“As it will be held after Iftar, it will be a great time to get together with your friends and family and enjoy a great activity that is loved by everyone,” he added. “The weather will be cool and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and be in with a chance of winning the final tournament of the season at Sportsmania.”
He added: “Whatever your ability, you can compete and we hope to see many newcomers sign up and see for themselves why the tournament is so highly rated. There is passion and respect among the teams and it’s a tournament any side can win.”
What: Ramadan tournament
Where: Sportsmania, JLT
When: June 8 at 21:00
Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.sportsmania.ae.